About Lightyear

We develop scalable grid-independent solar electric vehicles

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Our strategy is following our mission


Step 01

We have big ambitions that stretch as far as every corner of the earth. To make clean mobility accessible to everyone, everywhere. We'll pave the way with a first, low volume series. The first series proves our revolutionary car, showing the world just how far clean solar kilometres can take us. Delivering the first highly-efficient solar car is a critical step - but we're honest - it won't create the environmental impact we're aiming for. But it will lay inroads for it to follow.

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Step 02

We’ll make the car accessible for everyone, by delivering a high-volume car at an affordable price point, with all the benefits of its low-volume predecessor.

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With our technology, any power outlet in the world becomes a charging station

We, now more than ever, care about the environment. As part of this shift in focus, governments, companies, and individuals are all increasingly turning towards sustainable energy sources. This is one of the driving forces behind an economy geared towards positive impact.

An idea born from a finish line

June 2022

Global premiere of Lightyear 0

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January 2021

Lightyear produces the world's most efficient electric car to date

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December 2021

LeasePlan reserves 5,000 Lightyear 2 cars to add to their fleet

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September 2021

Lightyear reaches $110M (€93M) funding milestone in 2021 YTD

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July 2021

The first performance test with Lightyear Validation Prototype is conducted

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May 2021

We reveal our first-ever validation prototype, paving the way for real-life testing.

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March 2021

Lightyear successfully closes $45M funding round

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December 2020

TRL 7 is achieved. Our Vehicle Performance Model (VPM) is finetuned and we start developing Lightyear 2.

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June 2020

Our first Lightyear Research Vehicles hit the road

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November 2019

We’re awarded TIME Best Inventions

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October 2019

We set records with the Lightyear One prototype as the most aerodynamic family car ever.

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June 2019

We show the world what a future of clean mobility looks like by unveiling our Lightyear One prototype.

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June 2018

We mature. Our first patents are filed.

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June 2017

We share our vision with the world, publicly launch the Lightyear brand, and secure our first Lightyear reservation.

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November 2016

Idea becomes reality: Lightyear is officially founded and incorporated.

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October 2015

Eindhoven defends its title by winning the World Solar Challenge again with Stella Lux.

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Lightyear in


Founded in September


Patents filed


Employees incl. interns


World solar championships



9 billion

Media coverage (global reach)

The founders

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Lex Hoefsloot

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Arjo van der Ham

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

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Martijn Lammers

Chief Strategy

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Qurein Biewenga


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Koen van Ham

Chief Design


Our advisors provide valuable advice within their areas of expertise, as well as help us connect to their network.

Bob O'Connor

Partner at Wilson Sonsini

Ton Backx

President Institute for Photonic Integration TU/e

Lowie Vermeersch

Design Director of Pininfarina

Camilla van den Boom

Strategy Director at Sturm

Jelle Vastert

Former Director of Global EV Charging at Tesla

Floris van de Klashorst

Former Senior VP Mobility Services at VW Group and VP Connected Driving at HERE

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About Lightyear

We design for independence and convenience. We create clean solar electric cars that can drive off-grid and into all of life's adventures.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 848620